What does a typical day look like for you?
I work on a mix of projects at all stages of the project lifecycle: helping out the team, checking through scripts and storyboards, and experimenting with ideas across multiple creative programmes.
For some projects, I work through the whole process of how we create animations from the initial brief to the final delivery. That consists of reading through the script, designing style frames and storyboards, creating the animation in After Effects and adding and editing the voiceover and music.
What are the most exciting aspects of your role?
Working on a range of projects and learning every day about what makes good animation and design, as well as how to use different software. Also working alongside so many nice, talented people who I can learn from.
How did you get into animation?
From a young age, I was interested in making videos. My dad bought me my first Sony camcorder when I was around 10 and I would document my life and make and edit videos using Windows Movie Maker. This interest carried on through to when I moved to university to study Visual Communication. I knew I loved creating video content but also loved illustration and graphic design. This course felt right because it enabled me to dabble in each of these areas and find what I most enjoyed. During my first year, we had a module where we had to create an animation. This was my first step into After Effects and animation, and after that I continued to learn the basics of animation - mainly frame by frame in Photoshop.
I decided in my final year to focus purely on experimenting with animation and video. One of my favourite projects was when I created a 3D set and used a projector to map it out and create animation projected onto it, so that the animation moved around the set in real life. For my final major project, I made a 2 minute cel animated documentary, and it was after these two projects that I knew I wanted to do this as a career.
After uni, I worked in a design studio back home in the West Country which I loved but knew I wanted to move away and work in animation. I spent some time learning the software and working on some personal projects to build up more of a portfolio. Towards the end of 2019 when I felt ready and had enough work to represent myself, I began looking for animation jobs. I knew I wanted to work in a studio rather than freelance because I felt that a studio would be a great place to start my career and build up my knowledge and confidence. I found Buff’s work on Instagram and saw they were looking for a Junior Motion Designer. This ended up being the only job I applied for as I heard back from them within a few days, doing a couple of interviews and eventually getting the job!